Playing Difficult Tennis Opponents
In this week’s tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers:
A question from a tennis parent whose player has difficulty playing against serious or “unfair” competitors.
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COHN: “Do you have a young tennis player that can’t deal with opponents that appear to be very serious or unfair on the other side of the court? I answer a question from Dan, who has a young tennis player who plays with great confidence but only when the opponent appears to be nice and fair.”
COHN: “I do think this is an issue for young female players who tend to be people-pleasers, they tend to want their opponents to like them, or they maybe have some type of fear of embarrassment issues. Which basically means that your daughter might be too tuned in to the other girl’s feelings and maybe takes it personally when her opponent is being really competitive or focused out there. She would probably interpret that as the girl is being really serious or mean with her.”
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